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    Invisible dog fence

    Hey guys,

    I'm looking for any advice on installing an underground dog fence. I installed one at my mom's place in the country a few years ago, and it works fine. However, since she's out in the country with no close neighbors, people walking by, or worse, people walking dogs, there's not a lot of reason for her dogs to try to escape. I worry that since I live in town there will be too much temptation for my dog to respect the boundary.

    My dog is 85lbs and 18 months old.

    Does anyone have any pros or cons of trying an underground fence in town?

    As far as logistics, I think I'm good since I've installed one before...I'm going to upgrade the wire to 18 gauge to make it a little more durable. Any other suggestions?

    Thanks!!!!!!!



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    Re: Invisible dog fence

    If you train the dog properly it won't matter what the temptation is. But, I know sometimes that doesn't happen (myself included) so I enclosed the back yard and just let my dogs stay back there. I don't really even need the collars anymore. They know the boundaries and won't cross them. My youngest dog is a fetching junkie. But, she won't cross the boundary if you throw the ball over it. That's my litmus test:)

    BTW - if you didn't use one the first time you installed an underground fence, edgers work great for burying the wire.



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    Re: Invisible dog fence

    Personally, I'm not a huge fan of invisible fence. When I'm walking my dog I always hate when you see another dog out by itself. Some are well trained and will just sit and watch, but many times the dogs will be barking like crazy just at the edge of the fenceline. I've never had a dog cross the line, but I'm sure its happened before. Plus, my dog gets all excited by seeing another dog so close and wants to play.

    Another thing to keep in mind is if you plan on having other dogs at your house. We have other family dogs come over quite a bit, and the invisible fence obviously does nothing for the other dogs. I like having a real fence so we can let them all run around and play without having to worry about it.



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    Re: Invisible dog fence

    I have the invisible fence in my front yard and my two German Shorthair pointers never go close to it. It is the best money i spent. They chase birds and what other little furry animals come into the yard, but they have never tested it. Again i think it comes back to the training, i trained them at probably 12 weeks old and it probably hurt a lot when they got shocked. Not sure how much pain a 85 pound dog can take and it may be a different story.



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    Re: Invisible dog fence

    i live in the country but have alot of horse traffic as i live close too the amish. i also have a german shepherd and a pitbull mix, neither one mess with the underground fence.



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    Re: Invisible dog fence

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneJames View Post
    Personally, I'm not a huge fan of invisible fence. When I'm walking my dog I always hate when you see another dog out by itself. Some are well trained and will just sit and watch, but many times the dogs will be barking like crazy just at the edge of the fenceline. I've never had a dog cross the line, but I'm sure its happened before. Plus, my dog gets all excited by seeing another dog so close and wants to play.

    Another thing to keep in mind is if you plan on having other dogs at your house. We have other family dogs come over quite a bit, and the invisible fence obviously does nothing for the other dogs. I like having a real fence so we can let them all run around and play without having to worry about it.

    I actually agree with you on both comments...
    I'm not installing it so she can be outside alone, I just want her to be able to be with me when I'm outside. Part of the problem with a fence is that it's not possible to fence in both the front and back yard with a physical barrier fence. I could restrict her to the backyard, but again, I'd like her to be able to be with me wherever I am outside. And also, I am looking at fencing in the backyard at some point, but I don't want to do a basic chain link, I'd like it to look more appealing and just don't have the cash to fence in a half acre right now the way I want it done. So that is the plan down the road...but I need to get something going for her right now so she can run and let off some steam. :)



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    Re: Invisible dog fence

    We have the easy version, the box that you plug in, in your house, and then set it to number of feet you want to dog to be able to venture from that spot. We live in the country and our dog tested the limits on day1 that we had the thing. Since then, when the collar beeps, she knows she is at the 'end of her rope' and she never goes further.



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    Re: Invisible dog fence

    Quote Originally Posted by erikbj View Post
    I have the invisible fence in my front yard and my two German Shorthair pointers never go close to it. It is the best money i spent. They chase birds and what other little furry animals come into the yard, but they have never tested it. Again i think it comes back to the training, i trained them at probably 12 weeks old and it probably hurt a lot when they got shocked. Not sure how much pain a 85 pound dog can take and it may be a different story.

    What brand did you go with?



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    Re: Invisible dog fence

    How do you know you dont already have one?


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    Re: Invisible dog fence

    Quote Originally Posted by ISULifer View Post
    What brand did you go with?
    The invisible fence brand....they installed and provide everything and did initial training with the dog. Worth the extra money knowing it is done right and the correct shock level is set.



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    Re: Invisible dog fence

    Quote Originally Posted by drmwevr08 View Post
    How do you know you dont already have one?

    Like in the ground already?

    I bought the house from a woman who was 101, the house was built in 1900 and had never been sold before, just passed down in the family. As far as the neighbors tell me, this is the first dog to live on the property :)



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    Re: Invisible dog fence

    Quote Originally Posted by CYclist View Post
    We have the easy version, the box that you plug in, in your house, and then set it to number of feet you want to dog to be able to venture from that spot. We live in the country and our dog tested the limits on day1 that we had the thing. Since then, when the collar beeps, she knows she is at the 'end of her rope' and she never goes further.
    Amazon.com: PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment System, PIF-300: Kitchen & Dining

    We bought this when our in ground one stopped working. So much easier and works just as good.



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    Re: Invisible dog fence

    Quote Originally Posted by ISULifer View Post
    Like in the ground already?

    I bought the house from a woman who was 101, the house was built in 1900 and had never been sold before, just passed down in the family. As far as the neighbors tell me, this is the first dog to live on the property :)

    And also, I'm never that lucky.



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    Re: Invisible dog fence

    We have an outdoor dog with an invisible fence and it works great. We live a little way out of town but in a subdivision with other dogs etc. You just have to watch to make sure batteries etc are good. We also had a collar go bad at least once. It takes a while, but eventually the dog will figure out he can get through and then you have to retrain.

    Also if you are going to install a significant amount of fence rent one of these...



    It's a conversion for a trencher/tiller that cuts the trench and installs the wire. I rented one for less that $50 if I remember right and had the wire in the ground for over 2 acres in a little more than an hour.



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    Re: Invisible dog fence

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    Amazon.com: PetSafe Wireless Pet Containment System, PIF-300: Kitchen & Dining

    We bought this when our in ground one stopped working. So much easier and works just as good.
    What happens when the power goes out?

    My experience with invisible fencing didn't go well unlike everyone else apparently. The only thing it did for my dog was to guarantee she wouldn't come back in the yard once she ran through the fence. The dog was kind of 'special' though and once it saw a rabbit nothing would stop it. When I would take her hunting I had a shock collar on her, but once she started after a rabbit it didn't do any good. She would yelp each time I shocked her, but she would just keep going no matter what.



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